Photo: Femi Falana
Nigerian lawyer, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has demanded for the prosecution of about 400 sponsors of terrorism who were arrested by the Federal Government some months ago.
This is contained in a Freedom of Information, FIO, request by the legal luminary dated August 3, 2021 and forwarded to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The human rights advocate is also demanding for information on the charges which ought to have been filed against the arrested terrorism sponsors since they were arrested.
Falaba’s letter reads in part: “On May 4 2021, it was widely reported widely by the media that the Federal Government had concluded arrangement to prosecute about 400 alleged sponsors and financiers of terrorism in Nigeria.
“In the said publication, your office assured the nation that the suspects would be arraigned after the industrial action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
“In view of the attacks being unleashed on law abiding citizens by insurgents in several parts of the country, we strongly commend the move by the Federal Government to prosecute the suspects who were reported to have been arrested in a nationwide operation a few months ago.
“We, however, request that our law firm be furnished with information with respect to when criminal charges were filed against the suspects since the strike by JUSUN has since been called off.
“Kindly ensure that we are furnished with the requested information within 7 days of the receipt of this letter in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.”
A legal luminary of global standing, Falana is known to have handled a plethora of high profile cases which he won, the latest of which was his recent victory in the case of Islamic cleric, Ibrahim Elzakzaky, who was discharged and acquitted by the court.